“Looking back at my ambition to become a lawyer, it looks less like a plan for the future and more like an alibi for the present. It was a way to explain to anyone who would ask—to my parents, to my peers, and most of all to myself—that there was no need to worry. I was perfectly on track. But it turned out in retrospect that my biggest problem was taking the track without thinking really hard about where it was going.”
What makes him a crazy one?
Peter Thiel may just be the biggest rebel there is out there right now. While he may not be the most popular of people right now – for various reasons — I still admire Thiel, as I have since before he was cool.
Thiel is most well-known for co-founding PayPal and his book Zero to One, but these aren’t the reasons he’s winning a crazy award. He’s winning a crazy award because he’s the only person talking about the education bubble in the U.S. today.
I respect Thiel because he’s honest and real. As I’m sure many of you know, Thiel endorsed Trump, when all of Silicon Valley loudly rallied against the outspoken businessman. I respect him for standing up for what he believes to be right even when his entire network stands against it.
No words I string together will ever adequately convey how intelligent Peter Thiel is. He truly does see the future before everyone else, and he is lambasted for it again and again.
Here’s some forward-thinking pieces by Thiel, if you’d like to get know him a bit better.
- Peter Thiel: We’re in a Bubble and It’s Not the Internet. It’s Higher Education.
- Thinking too highly of higher ed
- Peter Thiel on the End of Hubris and the Lessons from the Internet Bubble of the Late 90s
- Transcript: Peter Thiel at the Hamilton College 2016 Commencement
- Peter Thiel’s CS183: Startup – Class 9 Notes Essay
- Competition Is for Losers